April 16, 2021

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Maine CDC director tours Northern Light mass vaccination clinic

Maine’s two mass vaccination web pages could vaccinate 1000’s each individual working day if the federal government could deliver that a lot vaccine, officials said

BANGOR, Maine — Maine Centre for Ailment Handle Director Dr. Nirav Shah toured a mass vaccination clinic at the Cross Insurance policy Center Saturday and praised Northern Mild Well being for a “remarkable” operation.

The Bangor clinic and a next operated by MaineHealtth at Scarborough Downs could each vaccinate hundreds of people today just about every working day if that significantly vaccine was offered, but Maine has gained just more than 20,000 doses at most each week.

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Shah was greeted with applause and thanks as Dr. James Jarvis of Northern Gentle Health’s incident command walked him through the clinic.

Noting specially its accessibility, Shah said, “Statewide, we’re trying to make vaccines as offered to everybody as we can, and we know that a person of the approaches to do that is through higher-throughput internet sites like this, and staying able to come to a spot that’s straightforward to entry, with sufficient parking, and to get in and out in 15 or 20 minutes … which is precisely the way the point out of Maine is heading to shift toward vaccinating everyone that wants to be vaccinated.”

Four hundred vaccinations have been scheduled Saturday, mostly second doses for healthcare staff and to start with responders, Northern Gentle Wellbeing explained in a release. They count on the web-site to be capable to provide as a lot of as 5,000 vaccinations each and every day as soon as ample vaccine is out there.

MaineHealth opened the state’s second mass vaccination clinic Wednesday at Scarborough Downs.

Northern Light spokeswoman Karen Cashman said about 900 vaccinations are anticipated at the Cross Heart clinics Tuesday and Thursday, as effectively as far more than 900 on Saturday.

The Cross Coverage Center clinic opened Tuesday and vaccinated 769 individuals age 70 and more mature, with a different clinic Thursday giving vaccinations to 948 far more individuals, the launch claimed.

Only these with appointments will be vaccinated. For information about registering for an appointment, check out the Northern Gentle Health and fitness COVID-19 website or simply call 207-204-8551.